The mystery of the seven stars

It’s winter here in New Zealand and Matariki, the Maori New Year.  Matariki is marked by the appearance of the Pleiades Star Cluster.  In the night sky, the Pleiades can be spotted with the naked eye as a dim cluster of stars above Orion’s left shoulder.

Matariki-southernFor the Maori, Matariki literally means “eyes of God” (Mata Ariki) or “little eyes” (Matariki.)  They’re not far wrong, for the prophet Zechariah, writing about his vision of a lampstand with seven lamps, tells of the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth.

“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?” Zechariah 4:10

Job 38:31-32 declares that only the Lord can ‘bind the chains of the beautfiul Pleiades’ and bring them forth in their season.

“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades?  Can you loosen Orion’s belt? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? Job 38:31-32 

Interestingly, the Pleiades are gravitationally bound together in a cluster.  How did Job know that?

The Pleiades star cluster means ‘the congregation of the judge or ruler.’

In the first chapter of Revelation, the Pleiades are not mentioned – but Jesus reveals himself holding seven stars in His right hand whilst standing amongst seven churches, which are portrayed as the seven lampstands.

 “He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.” Revelation 1:16

He explains the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.” Revelation 1:20

One star in the Pleiades is sometimes not visible leaving only six to be seen by the naked eye.  Another interesting thing is that the Lord threatened to remove the Church of Ephesus’s lampstand from it’s place if it doesn’t repent and do the things it did at first. Revelation 2:5

The seven stars are in the constellation of Taurus.  They roughly correspond to the shape of the seven churches which lay in front of the Taurus mountain range, a great mountain chain running parallel to the Mediterranean coast in what is now Turkey.

That might explain why the Lord wrote the letter to those churches and not the others.  The seven churches include two comparatively small towns, Thyatira and Philadelphia, while larger churches are passed by.

Like the sanctuary Moses made, are the seven stars and seven churches a type and shadow of the congregations in heaven?

Reflection Nebula, Pleiades

Reflection Nebula in Pleiades

The stars are there to reveal light, to give knowledge.  Each constellation tells us a story.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Silently, the night sky pours forth speech; night after night the constellations and stars reveal knowledge.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4

Although much meaning has been lost, the ancient language of the stars and constellations is still there, buried and fragmented in the legends of the world.  It’s like a forgotten song which far off voices still sing.

The Pleiades and Orion are mentioned three times in the Bible – in Job 9:9, Job 38:31, and Amos 5:8.  If they’re mentioned three times, it’s meant to get our attention.

Jesus is holding the seven stars, and God tells us in Amos 5:8 to seek Him.

“Seek him that made the seven stars and Orion, and turned the shadow of death into the morning, and made the day dark with night: that called for the waters of the sea, and poured them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name …”  Amos 5:8 KJV


Links:

The Pleiades: Seven Sisters | David Rives
Notes on Revelation, Seven Stars
Astronomy, the Heavens Declare His Glory
THE 7 CHURCHES OF ASIA
The Congregation, The Pleiades, Our Hope Hidden in Christ
Matariki


What do we know?

He who has an earIn the next chapters of the Kingdom there are communication problems between me (the Princess), the King, and Prince Mentor (the man training me at work).  Training in the Blind Spot went ok because my mentor didn’t take advantage or throw me under the bus. But there was tension between us.  There were things in the Hidden spot that I knew, and he didn’t.  God was bringing us together, whether we liked each other or not.  If you’ve followed my story you’ll see what the Lord told me about him.

In my last post I mentioned a thing called “Johari’s window”.  Johari’s window deals with what we know, and don’t know.  I learned about it in Business Communication, when I was doing a Diploma of Business. The Window is divided into 4 panes.  Here is a model of Johari’s window. Johari's Window

It is a brilliant model to explain pitfalls in communication.  The most vulnerable place is the BLIND spot.  I have to work in this area a lot as a computer technician.  It’s a good place for prayer! From a Kingdom perspective, I’ll start off at the UNKNOWN, things that we all don’t know; We don’t know what God knows because of the Fall.  From the time of Adam, we have been cut off from God the Father.  He became UNKNOWN.  God declared “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.”  Isaiah 55:8. God the Father sent Jesus to Earth on a rescue mission.  It was to make Himself known, so we could be reconciled.  Jesus said “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.John 14:9

Jesus used parables to make known to us the things that we didn’t know. “Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.  So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”  Matthew 13:34-35 Jesus said “Whoever has ears, let them hear.Matthew 13:43 He preached right into the HIDDEN area.  If they did not hear, the things He said stayed HIDDEN, and the parables were just stories. For those who ‘had ears’, the things He said went from HIDDEN to CERTAIN. 

Hebrews 11-1 FaithCERTAINTY lies in the realm of faith. Now faith is the substance (certainty) of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.”  Hebrews 11:1

Faith is a SUBSTANCE.

That has implications for particle physics and dark matter. People have started to realise the power of faith and belief, but if they don’t know God they just believe they’re getting stuff from “the universe“.  Well who runs the universe?

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.  HeGod not Googlebrews 1:3

What’s the point of living if we gain the world, but lose our soul?  The single most important thing is to seek God through Jesus, find Him, and acknowledge Him as Lord.  I can’t stress this enough.

From that point, the journey begins and we can find our identity through Christ.  We were created to be in a relationship with God.  In Ephesians 1 we can read how we were chosen and predestined to be His before the world was created.  The devil does everything he can to hide that truth from us.

Sometimes the truth is concealed because God wants us to search for him so He can reveal Himself. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.  Proverbs 25:2

The things He concealed can be searched out.  There is a promise in Jeremiah 33:3 that says “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

But don’t take my word for it; ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you.  That’s a promise.  But don’t be double minded about it. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  James 1:2-7

I hope and pray you will ask, seek, and knock.  If you are not already a believer, you will be saved.  After all, Jesus said of Himself “I AM the door”.

The Post Turtle

Post TurtleSome people think God’s an old man with long white hair, sitting on a cloud waiting to smite us.  What do you think of Him?  I have discovered that He’s real,  wants us to trust Him and actually does have a sense of humour.   One day He told me “If you see a turtle sitting on top of a fence post, it didn’t get there by accident.” 

It was in the context of a situation where I had bitten off a bit more than I could chew, by taking on a job in my industry that I had no experience in.

It meant I had to rely on Bert, my predecessor to get me up to speed – quickly.  I hated it through fear of being left helpless.  Have you ever been in a situation where you are vulnerable and you’ve had to learn fast?

Bert knew things that I didn’t, that I needed to know.  That’s the BLIND spot.  In a learning situation, that’s where you are most vulnerable.  I’ve been attacked instead of helped in the blind spot, and it’s a bad place to be.  I promised myself I’d get the knowledge in whatever way I could, and learn fast.  Anything not to be reliant on a person.  When I met Bert I didn’t know him well enough to trust him, and this was the second time in 5 years that I’d replaced him in a job.  The first time, he refused to train me, saying he didn’t have time.  So the second time around I didn’t know whether he was going to help me, or harm me.

In communication, there’s a thing called ‘Johari’s Window’, where knoweldge is divided up into four categores:

CERTAINTY.  Things that I know that you know,

The BLIND spot.  Things you know that I don’t know,

HIDDEN.  Things I know that you do not know,

The UNKNOWN – Things that we all don’t know.

God is in charge of the UNKNOWN spot.  In the Kingdom, He told me things from the UNKNOWN, and I recorded His words and signs in the Kingdom story.  So there were things God had revealed to me about Bert, before I ever met him or knew him.

The things that I knew, that Bert didn’t, I kept HIDDEN.  He didn’t want any “uncomfortable moments”, and nor did I for that matter.  I would have kept what I knew hidden for Kingdom come, except God got in the picture.  He’s been in many roles in the Kingdom story; as Counselor, Shepherd, King, Guide, Friend, Lord and Father.  This time God was being a matchmaker.  He had His hands full with us because we didn’t particularly like each other.

Bert and I were both reading “Word for the Day”.  He’d bring me his spare copy.  God spoke to both of us out of the “Word for the Day”.

God talked about “a post turtle”, and a woman who was in a situation where she needed help but kept shouting, ‘I’ll do it myself!’  He askedAre you like that? Trying to do it all on your own?” and then He said; “Somebody within your reach knows something you need to know; something you’ll never learn on your own. They’re your mentor. Get close to them. ”

There are two stories about the post turtle.  The first story is a joke which is usually about politicians.

An old rancher is talking about politics with a young man 
from the city. He compares a politician to a "post turtle". 
The young man doesn't understand and asks him what a post turtle is.
The old man says, "When you're driving down a country road and you see 
a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle. 
You know he didn't get up there by himself. 
He doesn't belong there; 
he can't get anything done while he's up there; 
and you just want to help the poor, dumb thing down."

Don't joke about TurtleThe second story is more in line with what God told me; “If you see a turtle sitting on top of a fence post, it didn’t get there by accident.”

In the novel The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell,  Father D.W. Yarborough, the leader of the first Earth expedition to another planet, refers to post turtles in the context of seeming anomalies in nature and regards them as proof of the existence of God, specifically of God trying to get our attention.

My story about the turtle is told in Chapter 57 Message from the King, where God was trying to get my attention.